Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sunday's Obituary - Amanda Margaret Edmonds

Monroe News Star - 6/10/1976

Amanda Margaret Edmonds

Daughter of
William Thomas "Bill" Edmonds and Nelwyn Fox

Sister to

Died on June 10, 1976
Buried in the Hasley Cemetery
West Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana

Amanda Margaret Edmonds was the granddaughter of James Thomas Edmonds who was a brother to my paternal grandfather, Bruce Edmonds.

Tombstone photograph was taken by FindAGrave member, Sharon Ray.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday's Obituary - Frances Maude Herrin Brooks

Hattiesburg American - 6/14/1973

Frances Maude "Fannie" Herrin

Born on August 2, 1894

Daughter of
Simeon "Sim" Herrin and Mary Mathilda "Mollie" Bynum

Sister to
Ida, Ora, Lucy, Sallie, Prentiss Everett "Prent" and Buford Herrin

Wife of
Charles Samuel Brooks

Mother to
Gaston Wheeler, Gertrude Mamie, Mary Evelyn, Alson, Samuel,
Walter and Oliver Howard

Died on June 9, 1973
Buried in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery
Covington County, Mississippi

Tombstone photograph was taken by FindAGrave member, Barbara.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Alfonso Steele Celebrates 94th Birthday in 1911

The following article appeared in the April 3, 1911 edition of the Mexia Weekly Herald in Mexia, Texas:

Alfonso Steele was my paternal 3great grandfather through his son, Francis Marion "Frank" Steele; grandson, Isham Alfonso "Al" Steele; great granddaughter, Mary Allye Steele Edmonds; great-great grandson, Bruce Alfonso Edmonds.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

In Memory of "Wit"

Mildred "Wit" Bynum - October 1944

The above photograph appeared in the October 10, 1944 edition of The Cadet which was the official publication of the Pearl River College in Poplarville, Mississippi.

Below the photograph, the following was printed:


Mildred Bynum, another attractive and outstanding Sophomore, known as "Wit," comes from Prentiss and is a graduate of Clem High School.  Now majoring in commerce, Mildred plans to continue her schooling after leaving P. R. C., but she has not decided where.
"Wit's" chief likes are the Marines, eating and Brookie [her best friend]; her dislikes are stingy boys, silly people, asparagus, and getting up early; her ambition is to marry a rich man and to own a dog farm; her greatest desire is to travel.  Mildred's hobby is collecting pennies.
Mildred is assistant circulation manager of The Cadet and secretary to President R. D. McLendon. She takes part in all campus activities.

Following her 1945 graduation from Pearl River College in Business Education, "Wit" decided to attend Mississippi Southern where she earned a teaching degree.  She taught in several Mississippi high schools before accepting a position in a small rural community in Louisiana.

"Wit" did not marry a marine or a rich man.

She married a local boy from a small rural community who had just returned from serving in the United States Army.

"Wit" did not own a dog farm.

But 'She Always had a Dog.'

"Wit" never had the opportunity to fulfill her greatest desire to travel.

Raising five children while working outside the home for many years did not allow for much travel.

"Wit" continued to like eating.

Coconut pie was one of her favorites.

"Wit" lost contact with her best friend, Brookie, over the years.

But she kept many mementos from their college days.

"Wit" never overcame her dislike of 'stingy' boys (or girls, for that matter) and 'silly people.'

She did, however, overcome her dislike of asparagus and 'getting up early.'

"Wit" continued her hobby of collecting pennies.

She added dimes to her collection and would often roll her coins before depositing them in her bank account.

Wit's last collection of pennies

"Wit" was born on July 22, 1926.

She passed from this life on January 25, 2012.

She would have been eighty-nine years old today.

I never knew the "Wit" mentioned in the 1944 article, though I caught glimpses of her from time to time.

I knew her as 'Mama.'

Wedding Wednesday - Terrell and Hester Bynum Celebrate Golden Anniversary, 1972

Thomas Terrell Bynum and Hester Pearl Morris Bynum

Hattiesburg American - 8/7/1972

Thomas Terrell Bynum was the son of James Benjamin Bynum and Annie Jane Sumrall.  He was a brother to my maternal grandfather, John Buel Bynum.